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What is Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation?


Low vision refers to vision loss that can not be corrected by medical treatment, surgery, or by conventional vision correction in glasses or contact lenses. 

There are many conditions which may cause permanent vision loss including: trauma, congenital retinal diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and neurodegenerative disease. People who develop a condition resulting in low vision may or may not be legally blind. 

Vision rehabilitation is the treatment of low vision conditions with a wide array of specialized devices which have been developed for the partially sighted. These devices will not return vision which has been lost, but can allow a partially sighted individual to best utilize the vision they have to maintain independence and comfort. 

Vision rehabilitation may include  specific prescriptions for eyewear  to maximize usable vision, lens tints to improve contrast and relieve light sensitivity, hand-held and mounted devices which magnify print or items for easier viewing or reading, telescopes and bioptics for improved distance vision, and electronic devices which provide a range of magnification. 

Once prescribed,  a patient can then work with the low vision specialist to learn how to use and care for their new devices. 

The doctors at 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry are excited to offer low vision services to our community.  Please contact our office if you would like us to work with you to find the best technology for you. 

Written by Dr. Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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